Case study: how do you train your heifers to walk easy on the milkparlour?

Case study: how do you train your heifers to walk easy on the milkparlour?

This question came in from one of our trainers: "how do you train your heifers to walk easy on the milk parlour?". Who has an answer for him? All suggestions are welcome!

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Comments (4)

Mohammad Alkhateeb

First ,
Make a group of newly calved heifers with previously calved ones.
Second,
introduce new calved heifers into milking parlour along with first lactation cows (previously calved heifers) between milking sessions ( when parlour is not running) several times.
Third
Then let this group enter milking parlour when it's running.
Fourth.
Treat those first calving very gently.

Joep Driessen

Mohammad Alkhateeb wrote:
First ,
Make a group of newly calved heifers with previously calved ones.
Second,
introduce new calved heifers into milking parlour along with first lactation cows (previously calved heifers) between milking sessions ( when parlour is not running) several times.
Third
Then let this group enter milking parlour when it's running.
Fourth.
Treat those first calving very gently.

Good advice, thank you very much!

Ed Danen

Make sure the heifers are used to being handled. Have them hoof trimmed in a chute. That way they are used to ppl and gates. If possible run close-up group through parlor once or twice a week.

Joep Driessen

Thanks for your reactions everyone!
Read here if you want to find more advice: http://www.cowsignals.com/blog/answer_case_study:_this_is_how_you_train_your_heifers_to_walk_ea

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